Bellaire Elementary awarded grant for new playground

Photo Provided Students hold conceptual images of the new playground planned for Bellaire Elementary School. A $115,000 grant is making the project possible.

NEFFS — Christmas may have come a little early for Bellaire Elementary School.

Students will soon enjoy a new structure and play area, as Bellaire Elementary will be getting a brand new playground next summer. The current structure was installed when the building was constructed in 2001. The area and equipment has received plenty of use, and officials believe it is time for an upgrade.

The new playground is made possible through a grant written and submitted by Bellaire Elementary Principal Ben Doyle. Bellaire Elementary was accepted as a 2021 GameTime Grant recipient for 100 percent matching funds on the playground systems. When all was said and done, the school was awarded $115,000.

Doyle states, “This was certainly a need for our students and community. Our current playground has had a great run but it is time for a new structure. I began working on grant opportunities this past summer and GameTime seemed to be a good match for our needs. I am proud to be an ambassador for the kids of Bellaire. Recess and free play is very important for the age groups in our building. Earning $115,000 for this project is very fortunate and we look forward to having one of the top play areas around.”

The project will include a large GameTime structure intended for ages 5-12, equipped with functionally linked items with climbing and balancing to give the feel of an agility course. This structure is also equipped with integrated shade, four different slides, and net climbing components.

The large area will accommodate an inclusive merry go all, rox all see saw rocker, and additional spinning components.

An additional GameTime Structure, intended for ages 2-5, equipped with inclusive ramps, Rock N Raft, and multiple slides, sensory items, musical components, and integrated shade is planned.

All equipment will be installed in engineered wood fiber (EWF) safety surfacing.

“The design is impressive. It was a team effort between GameTime, DWA Recreation, and our great staff. I want to thank our superintendent, treasurer and Board of Education for being supportive

throughout the process,” continued Doyle.

Construction is on the calendar for the summer of 2022 and will be ready for the 2022-23 school year.

Bellaire Local Schools was one of only two school districts awarded the grant in the eastern half of Ohio.


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